A few words to reflect on one of the greatest experiences of my life as a Coach, Box Owner, Athlete, and Friend.
First, as a Coach, this was amazing. The attention to detail by CrossFit on making the Games a comfortable and fun place to be for Coaches and Athletes was second to none. The amenities were beautiful, the staff friendly, food delicious, and overall ambiance was second to none. We basically walked around with goosebumps for 3 days! Coaching an athlete at this level is not really about the Games weekend, it’s about the preparation. I am confident to say that between Chris Schaalo, Mike Cartwright, and myself Terry was well prepared. The weekend was about making sure Terry was taken care of and making sure he was comfortable with his surrounding. It was more about just being there. I was basically just there hanging out because Terry is so strong and such a relaxed person. He was unflappable on the outside and never flinched. I am so proud of him for his preparation and work effort leading up to the Games. At the Games it was amazing to watch all of that hard work come out in the form of physical expression. Terry was simply amazing!
Next, the Box Owner. Proud, proud, proud. Watching someone walk around as an athlete and have the name “CrossFit North Vancouver” on the back of their shirt was unbelievable. I take pride in helping people. Helping people to achieve things they never thought possible. Whether it’s loose 20lbs, have more energy, lift heavier weight, or compete at the CrossFit Games my goal is to simply help. While the CrossFit Games competition is for the Elite, the Games themselves is a huge Community event and one which we were represented at for the first time with an athlete. If I could choose a person to represent our community I would choose Terry over and over. Terry is a cornerstone of our community and is at the heart of what we try to achieve. There is no better place for such a person than the world stage of the CrossFit Games. Thank you Terry for representing our box and being so humble about your great achievements. We are all so very very proud. (slight tear in my eyes)
As an athlete. Yes, I am an athlete. LOL. This may catch you by surprise that I would write a post about the perspective of an athlete when I was not competing. Well, my roots are deep and they are that of a competitor. As an athlete it was so cool to be amongst all of the best and realize they are just people. We put them on a pedestal every day because they are the best and deserve it, but, they are just humans as we are. I watched people succeed, fail, suffer, and celebrate to the fullest. I want nothing more than to work harder and become a better athlete to lead each an every one of you to your goals and further! Thank you Terry and all the other athletes for being inspirational to us all!!
Lastly, as a friend. Terry Peters is my friend. How cool is that?? Terry “Bull” Peters is my friend! WOW! I am a very lucky person to have him as my friend. We all are. Terry had a lot of other friends follow him to the Games. To mention a few: Mandy, Roe, Martha, Adrianna, Nina, Grace, Christine, Tim, Caragh, Kate, and many more new friends!! Next year I want us all to go down and experience the Games as Friends.
Pictures to follow – you have to come next year to fully understand!!